Portishead – Third (The ’59) #307

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Portishead – Third (2008)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 50 – 2008.

Third was the aptly named third studio album from  Portishead. It was released in the United Kingdom on 28 April 2008 through Island Records, and a day later in the United States through Mercury Records.

Portishead’s first studio album in 11 years, it moved away from the trip hop style they had popularised, incorporating influences including krautrock, surf rock, doo wop, and the film soundtracks of John Carpenter.

The band are named after the nearby town of the same name, eight miles west of Bristol in the UK. Portishead is predominantly Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons and Adrian Utley but sometimes includes a fourth member, Dave McDonald, an engineer on their first records.

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Portishead – Dummy (The ’59) #224

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Portishead – Dummy (1994)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 36 – 1994.

Dummy was the debut studio album from Portishead, released on 22 August 1994 by Go! Beat Records.

Portishead take their name from a quiet coastal town on the Severn estuary just north of Bristol in the UK.

The album received critical acclaim and won the 1995 Mercury Music Prize. It is often credited with popularising the trip hop genre, and is frequently cited in lists of the best albums of the 1990s.

Although it achieved only modest chart success overseas, it peaked at number two on the UK Album Chart, and saw two of its three singles reach number 13 on the UK Singles Chart.